“On this solemn occasion, we need to recall the sacred duty, enshrined in the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child, to ensure that all children, without any exception whatsoever, enjoy special protection”: Former Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, in his message for the 1983 observance.
The Geneva Centre congratulates the Arab Republic of Egypt for administering its 2014 presidential elections in line with the law.
Former Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi won a landslide victory in a presidential election of 27-29th May, winning 93.3 percent of votes cast with most ballots counted after three days of voting. His only rival, leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi, gained 3 percent while 3.7 percent of votes were declared void.
Call for dialogue & tolerance as nearly a third of people in Britain admit being racist on some level
According to the 2013 British Social Attitudes Survey, nearly a third of people in Britain admitted being racist on some level. In 2001, that figure was just 25 per cent and researchers believe little headway is being made to tackle bigotry.
The United Nations Committee Against Torture is currently in its 52nd Session in Geneva, and we reflect on this meeting as an opportunity to urge all states to sign, ratify, and accede to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.
The Geneva Centre joins the international community in celebrating World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. This occasion provides us with an important opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity to learn to “live together” better.
The Geneva Centre today launches UNFaces, a global online platform for meaningful communication between the public and representatives of the United Nations that will empower individuals to understand, engage with, and – ultimately – affect the process of diplomacy and development.
The United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development is currently in its seventeenth session in Geneva. The Geneva Centre reports on the role of information and communications technologies (ICT’s) for inclusive social and economic development, and notes the important role played by these technologies in human rights advancement in the Middle East and North Africa.
The right to development can be rooted in the provisions of the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and the two International Human Rights Covenants, and we welcome the 15th session of the Working Group established to monitor and review progress made in the promotion and implementation of the right to development as an opportunity to develop operational sub criteria to the Declaration.
In its resolution 24/14 of 24 September 2013, the United Nations Human Rights Council requested a report from the Advisory Committee on mechanisms to assess the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights.
The Geneva Centre welcome this World Day Against Child Labour as an important opportunity to draw attention to the role of social protection in keeping children out of child labour and removing them from it, and to gain the invaluable support of governments, civil society and others in the campaign against child labour.